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Shoup Bay Trail: Section A

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 417' 127 m
Descent: -415' -127 m
High: 335' 102 m
Low: 16' 5 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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A beautiful trail with ocean views, alder, an old growth forest, and a spectacular waterfall finish.

Nick Weicht

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The first mile of the trail is about four feet wide, straight, and goes through some lowland areas. There are several muddy areas and other drainage issues after wet weather so dress accordingly. Long pants are also advised.

At about 1.25 miles in, the trail narrows to about 1.5 feet wide and starts to climb at about a 30% grade. The trail climbs for about one mile and then goes up and down for another half mile before it tops out at 337 feet. Views from this point are spectacular.

The trail tread has moved downhill along this stretch because of major brush pushing it downhill. At this point, the trail descends at over 40% grade in some places and is difficult to pass in some areas. At about the 3-mile marker, the trail levels out and connects to the Gold Creek Campsite Trail.

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in Valdez

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in Alaska

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Making the descent to Gold Creek on a sunny day in Valdez.
Aug 8, 2016 near Valdez, AK
Passing through the Fireweed along the ocean on the Shoup Bay Trail.
Aug 9, 2016 near Valdez, AK

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